My favorite Guatemalan dish is from the breakfast menu, but I often find myself ordering it for dinner as well.
The first time I had it in Antigua, I wasn’t quite sure of what to do with it. They brought out eggs, some funny looking cheese, fried plantains, and a bowl of black/brown pasty soup.
I looked at it in confusion. What am I supposed to do with this?
Looking around at others, I wasn’t sure what the proper eating process was since it was only my first day in the country. Most of all, I didn’t want to look like a fool if there was some traditional way of eating it.
I guess I’ll try dipping stuff in it.
I tried a little of my toast, a little of the cheese, and even a little of the banana. I realized it was just some sort of black bean soup, but I still wasn’t sure if I liked the taste combination at the time.
I decided to give it another try, and the taste started growing on me. I started mixing everything together – I was in love. “Eggs with black beans…” I said, “Where have you been all my life?!”
Sometimes the beans are less soupy, and sometimes the cheese is more of a cream. Other times, the eggs come with onion and tomato, or you might be lucky and get tortillas instead of bread. It doesn’t really matter to me how it comes – I still love it. Even after getting sick off this meal last week from a shady local restaurant that smelled of urine and old beer, I continue to order my huevos y frijoles.